West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition in Fayetteville has received more than $460,000 to create economic opportunities for farmers and local food sellers while improving local access to fresh, healthy food.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded more than $56 million in grants to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research.
The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition award comes from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
“All around the country, we’re seeing farms and small food businesses grow when they tap into markets for local foods,” said Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Elanor Starmer.
“There’s so much consumer interest in buying local, and these grant programs help build that connection. Whether it’s through farmers markets, food hubs, restaurants or grocery stores, when farms and ranches can sell their products locally, it helps bolster rural economies and improve access to healthy foods for our nation’s families” Starmer added.